Hospitality Policital Action Committee of Western PA

HOSPAC Website
HosPAC Web site

Hospitality PAC (HosPAChttp://www.hospacwpa.com) was founded in 2008 by a group of hospitality and restaurant professionals in the Western Pennsylvania region. The purpose of HosPAC is to provide a political voice for restaurant, hotel, tavern and banquet facility operators, employees, suppliers and other interested persons.

BrandMill helped launch the HosPac brand virtually overnight to immediately launch an attack on an Allegheny County Councilwoman who had voted for a crippling 10% Drink Tax and who was now running for the PA State Legislature. Due to BrandMill’s advanced Web 2.0 marketing executions of a Blog based Web site, email communications, public relations and media relations efforts, this initially favored candidate was soundly defeated and came in last place in the election.

Press Coverage

January 1, 2009 – Onorato’s Bad Reign, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Editorial
January 6, 2009 – Drink Tax Turnabout: Onorato Blinks, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Editorial
January 3, 2009 – The Drink Tax Ruling: SLAP! Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Editorial
December 4, 2008 – Drink Tax Opponents’ Anger Not Quenched, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
May 2, 2008 – Transit’s Artless Finances Baffling, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
May 1, 2008 – Elections: HosPAC Takes Credit for Frazier Defeat, City Paper
April 27, 2008 – Booze PAC Revels in Frazier’s KO, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
April 22, 2008 – After Frazier’s loss, Onorato needs a drink [tax solution.], Capitolwire
April 17, 2008- Candidate Targeted in Ads Fires Back, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
April 15, 2008 – Bar owners make Brenda Frazier public enemy #1, City Paper
April 15, 2008 – Opponents of Drink Tax Form PAC, Plan to Target County Councilwoman – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 15, 2008 – Hospitality PAC Works to Defeat Drink-Tax Backers, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
April 14, 2008 – Bar Owners Launch Campaign Against Drink Tax Supporter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 14, 2008 – Group Targets Lawmakers Who Voted for Allegheny County Drink Tax, WTAE-TV
April 11, 2008 – Pittsburgh’s Hospitality Industry Prepares to Wade into Political Fights, Pittsburgh Business Times